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Old Sunday 13th October 2019, 13:32   #1
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The Whisky Bar

Welcome to the Whisky Bar.

Want to share fond memories of that malt you had on holiday or tell us about the malt you were given for a special birthday or anniversay? Or maybe its a malt you saw in a local shop and you treated yourself.

I am not an expert by any means but holidaying mostly in Scotland, over the years I have bumped into a few malts.........

My favourites are from Islay: Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich and Laphroaig but I still have a sneaking admiration for Smith's Glenlivet and the great MacAllan.

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Old Sunday 13th October 2019, 13:46   #2
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Glayva or Drambuie for me. All the rest taste ych y fi.

My birding buddy disagrees though. Peaty Scottish single malts are his poison.

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Old Sunday 13th October 2019, 16:56   #3
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Hello,

I enjoy almost all of the Islay malts. I agree with Lee about Bunnahabhain, but I prefer Kilchomen. My drinking companions liked Port Asking and Port Charlotte ten year old. We recently tried a Lagavullin 9 year old, "Game of Thrones" edition but their sixteen year old is far better.

Unless there is some agreement over Airbus vs. Boeing, I am going to suffer from a 25% tariff on single malts from both Scotland and Ireland, on French still wines, on French cheeses, and on Italian and Spanish olive oils. I refuse to reduce my modest consumption of whiskey and my culinary proclivities may be modified: Tunisian or Greek olive oil is fine with me but I will suffer the tariff on French cheeses like raclette, camembert and morbier.

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I am tea total now, but my favourites were, Glayva, Connoisseurs Choice 25 year single malt, and a Rusty Nail made with Glayva and Glenfiddich single malt and I really do miss them.
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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 07:07   #5
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Glayva or Drambuie for me. All the rest taste ych y fi.

My birding buddy disagrees though. Peaty Scottish single malts are his poison.

Rich
Drambuie is delicious and ..... wait for it....... is great for cooking! Try frying venison steaks and just before they are done turn up the heat a bit and pour on some Drambuie and make sure it bubbles off and dries up. The deposit left on the venison and scraped off the pan is super.

Finish off the meal with a shot of your favourite malt.

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Drambuie is delicious and ..... wait for it....... is great for cooking! Try frying venison steaks and just before they are done turn up the heat a bit and pour on some Drambuie and make sure it bubbles off and dries up. The deposit left on the venison and scraped off the pan is super.

Finish off the meal with a shot of your favourite malt.

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That sounds delicious (apart from the last bit) but unfortunately Iíve gone semi-veggie for the last few months

Although, if Iím up in Scotland and anyone wants to do a distillery tour Iím happy to be the designated driver. Some great birding right on the doorstep of Tomatin/ Tallisker etc.

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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 20:16   #7
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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 22:06   #8
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Great thread, Troubadour.
My favourite - if you were holding a knife to my throat,
forcing me to declare - is Ardbeg 10yo: not chillfiltered,
no added caramel, taste and texture left intact.
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Great thread, Troubadour.
My favourite - if you were holding a knife to my throat,
forcing me to declare - is Ardbeg 10yo: not chillfiltered,
no added caramel, taste and texture left intact.
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I have heard so many great things about Ardbeg I am going to have to try it out. Heading to Islay soon so I will look out for it.

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That sounds delicious (apart from the last bit) but unfortunately Iíve gone semi-veggie for the last few months

Although, if Iím up in Scotland and anyone wants to do a distillery tour Iím happy to be the designated driver. Some great birding right on the doorstep of Tomatin/ Tallisker etc.

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Semi-veggie?

So you could have fried venison 3 nights per week, leaving you with a majority of 4 nights on strictly veggie.

Next problem, please.....

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I am tea total now, but my favourites were...
Think we should start a new thread ...
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I do enjoy a Malt now and then my personal favourite is Taliskar Skye. Hope to try some over in Belfast at the weekend and during my break.
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If you're ever in Glasgow you should visit the Pot Still pub which has an amazing collection of whiskies. And not just Scottish whiskies, I've spotted Irish and Japanese on their shelves, and there may be others. What I like about it is that it's an old fashioned pub - no music, lots of dark wood and lots of good whiskies.
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Semi-veggie?

So you could have fried venison 3 nights per week, leaving you with a majority of 4 nights on strictly veggie.

Next problem, please.....

Lee
No meat or fish but choose to overlook most beer and wine isnít veggie.
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No meat or fish but choose to overlook most beer and wine isnít veggie.
Isn't that veggie then???

Semi -vegan?
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A veggie to me is someone who eats no meat. Some people seem to think that allows fish, but I don't agree.

Vegans are veggies but who also don't consume dairy products or use anything that involved animals in the production.
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Isn't that veggie then???

Semi -vegan?
Hi Dan. Donít want to go off topic too much but animal product can be used to filter some drinks. Come Christmas time though Iím sure thereíll be some pigs in blankets with my name on them.

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A veggie to me is someone who eats no meat. Some people seem to think that allows fish, but I don't agree.

Vegans are veggies but who also don't consume dairy products or use anything that involved animals in the production.
= living animals (well dead then). Guess fish aren't warm-blooded (like us), which could explain the get-out.

I only eat meat sometimes, but don't eat lobster at all on principle.

Are we digressing?
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Hi Dan. Don’t want to go off topic too much but animal product can be used to filter some drinks. Come Christmas time though I’m sure there’ll be some pigs in blankets with my name on them.

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Ah, I see. Cheers Rich.

EDIT: I do know a vegan who didn't eat mushrooms on the basis that fungi are a semi-sentient life form distinct from plants and with some animal characteristics. Like yeasts.
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I have known some people, who, after a few whiskies, are like this.......

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And we're back on topic.
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Ah, Whisky! Water of life.
I like it. I like it to the degree of it being the only spirit I drink, with an e or not. And truth be told, I drink a fair amount of it.
Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Rye- I enjoy them all at different times of the year and in different ways.

I have little experience with Japanese Whiskey and Canadian and I never saw eye to eye.

Since, so far, the topic has been scotch I'll just say that one of the more delightful bottles I've recently had was Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask.

More to come and I'll post some pics of what's in the cabinet.

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I once tried Canadian Club and wondered why I bothered. Never tried Irish and this is something I really must do.

Do any of you guys do the Scottish thing of 'a half and a hauf' meaning a half pint of beer and a single measure of whisky. I have tried this a couple of times but I had the whisky after the beer because down here in England they call it a whisky chaser, but I was sternly advised that in Scotland the whisky is savoured first and then you are refreshed by beer.

I am not convinced by this mixing of activities. Whisky with beer sounds as righteous as having sex with your socks on.

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Seriously???? Glayva and Drambuie - in the same breath as a single malt.NO!
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Seriously???? Glayva and Drambuie - in the same breath as a single malt.NO!
You are of course right. It was meant to be tongue in cheek. My whisky loving birding buddy says the same.

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